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Flash Floods Kill 54, Destroy 37,000 Houses in Sudan

Flash Floods Kill 54, Destroy 37,000 Houses in Sudan

Saturday, 24 August, 2019 - 08:15
Heavy downpour floods large parts of Khartoum neighborhoods (Getty Images)
Khartoum - Ahmed Younis
At least 54 civilians have been killed by flash floods and mudslides caused by the extreme weather which has been haunting Sudan for over a month. 

More than 37,000 housing units have also been destroyed nationwide.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in a media release, said that nearly 194,000 people have been affected across the country, 25,437 houses were completely destroyed and some 12,202 houses were partly damaged.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok reaffirmed his solidarity with people in flood-stricken areas across the country.

Citing Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission, OCHA Geneva spokesperson Jens Laerke said that the deaths are mainly due to collapsed roofs and electrocution.

“More than 37,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, and with the rainy season expected to last until October, and more rainfall in the forecast, humanitarians are concerned by the high likelihood of more flash floods,” said the spokesperson.

The worst affected state is the White Nile in the country's south, with more than 66,000 people impacted and over 13,000 houses destroyed or damaged.

In total, 15 of Sudan's 18 states have been hit, and reports from the authorities and humanitarian partners indicate that people urgently need emergency shelter, food, health services, and clean water and sanitation, said OCHA.

"There's also need for vector control to limit the spread of water-borne diseases by insects and drainage of stagnant water," said Laerke.

Crucial infrastructures such as water points, schools, and latrines have been damaged.

Some roads have been blocked, cutting off entire villages and communities, especially in the White Nile, but also in Kassala, Khartoum and Gedaref States, said OCHA.

Hamdok headed on Thursday a government meeting to discuss means to double and coordinate humanitarian relief efforts.

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